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Bass in talks to buy Oz hotels group

THE UK-BASED leisure giant Bass is understood to be in advanced negotiations to acquire SPHC Group, Australia's second-biggest hotel management group, in a deal which would establish the UK company as the top-ranked hotel operator in Australia.

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The Independent on Sunday The Savoy Group is to be broken up by Blackstone Group, its US owner, in an attempt to cover some of the pounds 520m it paid for the upscale hotel chain last year. It is thought that the Americans are willing to entertain offers for the Berkeley Hotel and the Connaught, and possibly Claridge's.

Travel: The discreet charm of San Diego

With its great climate and culture, Jennifer Turnball wonders why California's third city isn't better known

Granada creates 2,500 new jobs

Granada creates 2,500 new jobs

Market Report: Insurers lead the financial retreat

FINANCIAL STOCKS saw red yesterday as investors cashed in on the recent good run. After heady weeks dominated by the talk of a blockbuster merger between Halifax and Prudential and of the sale of Guardian Royal Exchange, dealers decided to take a breather and lock in some profits.

Granada profits overturn fears

Investment: Defensive strategy in leisure and media wards off economic downturn

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Four Professions Used Indiscriminately by Taxi Drivers: Governor, Squire, Boss, Vicar

Skiing all the way home

Is the site of a disused mine in Sheffield about to be the new ski Mecca?

Blue Chip: Granada can still turn it on

Investors are cautious after the Forte takeover, but the leisure giant should resume normal service

Granada to raise pounds 1bn from hotel sales

Granada Group is confident of raising at least pounds 1bn from the sale of its 17 Forte Exclusive Hotels, the company's chief executive Charles Allen said yesterday.

Granada reveals timetable for disposals

Granada has given itself 15 months to sell pounds 1.5bn worth of unwanted assets inherited from its pounds 3.9bn takeover of Forte, Gerry Robinson, Granada's chairman, said yesterday.
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Power dressing is back – but no shoulderpads!

Power dressing is back

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Spanish stone-age cave paintings 'under threat' after being re-opened to the public

Spanish stone-age cave paintings in Altamira 'under threat'

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Election 2015: How many of the Government's coalition agreement promises have been kept?

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The Gaza fisherman who built his own reef - and was shot dead there by an Israeli gunboat

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He built his own reef, and was fatally shot there by an Israeli gunboat
Saudi Arabia's airstrikes in Yemen are fuelling the Gulf's fire

Saudi airstrikes are fuelling the Gulf's fire

Arab intervention in Yemen risks entrenching Sunni-Shia divide and handing a victory to Isis, says Patrick Cockburn
Zayn Malik's departure from One Direction shows the perils of fame in the age of social media

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We wince at the anguish of One Direction's fans, but Malik's departure shows the perils of fame in the age of social media
Young Magician of the Year 2015: Meet the schoolgirl from Newcastle who has her heart set on being the competition's first female winner

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A 16-year-old from Newcastle has set her heart on being the first female to win Young Magician of the Year. Jonathan Owen meets her
Jonathan Anderson: If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

British designer Jonathan Anderson is putting his stamp on venerable house Loewe
Number plates scheme could provide a licence to offend in the land of the free

Licence to offend in the land of the free

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From farm to fork: Meet the Cornish fishermen, vegetable-growers and butchers causing a stir in London's top restaurants

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